Fort Lauderdale show plans new features

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Organizers of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show said plans are under way for enhanced logistics, improved signage, a new layout at the convention center and more parking for the 52nd annual show, which runs Oct. 27-31.

Many exhibitors are requesting additional space to accommodate expanded offerings, they said. Improved signage and a more integrated digital experience are part of a revamped, strategically laid-out show, and organizers continue to work with the city of Fort Lauderdale and privately owned locations on convenient and affordable parking options for the public.

The new layout at the Broward County Convention Center will offer a strategic traffic pattern assuring that each booth space will be a prime sales location, organizers said. Educational marine activities presented by the Blue Wild Dive and Travel Show, the International Game Fish Association's School of Sportfishing and Hook the Future also have been repositioned.

“Through feedback from our exhibitors and attendees we continue to work to present an improved show year after year,” Dane Graziano, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Show Management, said in a statement. “Demand for space is exceeding last year and we have made some tremendous logistical improvements. We are looking forward to a fantastic show in October 2011.”

The show spans six sites this year and will feature more than $3 billion worth of boats, yachts, superyachts, electronics and engines and thousands of boating accessories from every major marine manufacturer and boatbuilder across the globe. There will also be exotic cars, clothing and jewelry.

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